Prosoft Seeks Beta Testers for CIW v5 Site Designer

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Prosoft Learning has issued a call for Web design professionals in the United States and the United Kingdom to take its Certified Internet Webmaster (CIW) v5 Site Designer beta exam (1D1-520). The test, which will be administered at Prometric testing centers, will be available for free anytime between Aug. 29 and Sept. 16 for qualified applicants.


“We’re looking for people who have been working in their field for years,” said James Stanger, vice president of certification at Prosoft Learning. “(We want) people who are experts, because this is a high-stakes expert-based exam. It’s a relatively small number that we need to make sure that we get enough information to take the statistics. If we got a thousand people to take it, we’d be happy.”


Aside from experience, candidates must already have their CIW Associate certification to participate in the offer. The beta exam can be taken only once, and those who pass the test can potentially receive the CIW v5 Professional certification. Applicants must register for the beta exam by Sept.14. Details about the exam will be sent via e-mail along with a voucher code, which will be void after Sept. 16.


The final version of the Site Designer exam is slated for release towards the end of the year, and will include new and expanded content on topics such as Flash software, project management fundamentals, and aesthetic principles such as symmetry and balance. “We’ve had a lot of people who’ve been really interested in seeing the exam refreshed,” Stanger said. “We’ve got a lot of things that are more around discussing design, so that people really understand the science and the art behind what it means to make a good-looking image or a page that draws the eye in one direction or another. It’s really standard stuff that any art school taught in the past hundred years, but that the Web profession has realized are principles that apply to Web pages as well.”


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